grants FAQs

Here are some quick and easy answers to the questions our partners ask the most.

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Target Foundation FAQs

  • How do I know if my organization is eligible to receive a grant from the Target Foundation? : minimize panel
    1. Organizations within the United States and its Protectorates: Be a U.S. federally tax-exempt section 501(c)(3) charitable organization, an accredited school, or a public agency* located in the United States of America or one of its protectorates.
    2. Organizations outside the United States and its Protectorates: Be able to work with a U.S. registered donor advised fund to provide a complete application with all of the required materials, be registered as a charitable entity in your country of operation, be eligible to receive foreign funding, be in full compliance with your country's regulations around charitable activities and funding, and comply with a grant agreement and applicable laws.

    *A public agency is an organization established and primarily funded by the United States government such as public schools, libraries and other government agencies. A public agency must be able to provide a valid Government affirmation letter or have a valid NCES number.

    For details on specific funding guidelines, please refer to the funding criteria and process outlined within each focus area.

  • What is not funded through the Target Foundation? : minimize panel

    Target Foundation does not make grants to:

    • Individuals
    • Endowments and capital requests
    • Religious groups for religious purposes
    • Political organizations for political reasons
    • National ceremonies, memorials, conferences, fundraising dinners, testimonials, or other similar events
    • Elected officials
    • Organizations that do not comply with our non-discrimination policy

corporate giving FAQs

  • How do I know if my organization is eligible to receive a grant from Target? : minimize panel

    To request a charitable contribution, your organization must be a federally tax-exempt section 501(c)(3) charitable organization, an accredited school, or a public agency located in the United States of America or one of its protectorates.

    Note: A public agency is an organization established and primarily funded by the United States government such as public schools, public libraries, public parks, and law enforcement agencies. A public agency must be able to provide a valid Government affirmation letter or have a valid NCES number.

  • What types of request does Target not fund? : minimize panel

    The following are types of requests we do not support:

    • Individuals
    • Travel Expenses
    • Religious organizations for religious purposes
    • Programs that discriminate against any type of group or Organizations that do not comply with our non-discrimination policy
    • Endowments
    • Political organizations for political reasons
    • Government Officials
    • Salaries
    • In-kind donations
    • Capital Campaigns
    • General operating support
    • Fundraisers
    • Athletic teams and clubs*
    • Sporting events
    • Playground or athletic equipment*
    • Raffles

    *see eligibility for youth soccer grants

applying for a grant

I've applied for a grant, now what?

  • Are Target grants transferable? : minimize panel

    Target grants are non-transferable. If a grant was provided to one organization or school, the grant may not be transferred to a new school or organization.

    As long as the recipient school/organization can administer the program as described in the grant application, then the grant should stay at that organization. If they aren't able or willing to administer the program or if the organization or school has closed, then the grant check needs to be returned to Target.

  • If I'm awarded a grant, what are the reporting requirements? : minimize panel
    • You may receive a program evaluation survey following the end of your program. The evaluation will focus on outputs such as the number of people served and marketing activities. If your Target-funded program requires a program evaluation, Target will send an online link with instructions; there is no need to proactively reach out for the evaluation.
    • If you’d like to send a thank you note, please send it to your local Target Store, attention of the Store Team Leader (store manager). The local team enjoys hearing how our giving programs help in their community.

technical/system FAQs

  • How can I print my application? : minimize panel
    • Printing from the Review page: The best way to view your application and print is on the 'Review Your Application' page.
      • Complete all required fields on the application.
      • Click the "Save and Proceed" button on the last section to bring yourself to the 'Review Your Application' page.
      • Go to 'File' and then 'Print' on your browser toolbar. Please note: You may need to change the orientation of your page setup from Portrait to Landscape.
    • Printing page by page while working on the application: Use this option while still working on the application. Following these instructions will print the page exactly as seen on the screen.
      • Print out each page by clicking 'File' and then 'Print' on your browser toolbar. Please note: You may need to change the orientation of your page setup from Portrait to Landscape.
      • Click the section link in the timeline at the top of the page in order to move to the next section.
    • Printing a submitted application: Use this option if you would like to print a copy of your submitted application.
      • At the bottom of the Welcome Page, click the 'View' link located next to the application you want to print.
      • Go to 'File' and then 'Print' on your browser toolbar. Please note: You may need to change the orientation of your page setup from Portrait to Landscape.
  • Where do I forward my online application? : minimize panel

    Once the application is completed online, you will need to click the "Submit" button at the bottom of the last page of the application to submit your application electronically on the internet. Once your application has been submitted, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address that you used to create your online grant application account. Please add cgsupport@cybergrants.com to your email address book (or friendly senders) to ensure that these messages arrive in your inbox.

  • If I'm awarded a grant, what are the reporting requirements? : minimize panel

    You may receive a program evaluation survey following the end of your program. The evaluation will focus on outputs such as the number of people served and marketing activities. If your Target-funded program requires a program evaluation, Target will send an online link with instructions; there is no need to proactively reach out for the evaluation.

    If you’d like to send a thank you note, please send it to your local Target Store, attention of the Store Team Leader (store manager). The local team enjoys hearing how our giving programs help in their community.